Kirra groyne extension hits a hurdle
Just two weeks after work on the Kirra groyne extension was announced the project has hit a hurdle. Yesterday Swellnet learned the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) haven't been granted development approval despite stating on the 29th July that "the first of hundreds of boulders will be moved into place today."
It appears the GCCC have gotten ahead of themselves in the approval process. For the groyne to be extended the GCCC are required to submit a development application with Queensland's Department of Environment Heritage and Protection (EHP). A spokesperson for the EHP told Swellnet they were in receipt of the application yet are still assessing it against applicable laws and policies. Until the application is approved no boulders can be moved.
Last week the EHP reached out to Kirra Point stakeholders asking their views as to whether there is "a demonstrated public interest to support the extension." It's understood that despite the celebration from surfers there's been concern from some parties about possible shoreline erosion north of the Kirra groyne.
The EHP has asked all stakeholders to reply by the 19th August though at least one group has asked for an extension to this deadline. It would appear that the Kirra groyne extension, if it were to even go ahead, is still a few months away.
A spokesperson at the EHP was asked about the possibility the project would be terminated altogether though they've yet to make comment. Likewise, no-one at the Gold Coast City Council would offer comment about the premature announcement and application oversight. One of the Kirra point stakeholders said of the situation, "this is a pretty embarrassing mistake by the GCCC."
Stay tuned for more information.